Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the case to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the importance of providing oil and gas producers with access to credit through the 13(3) lending program.
Senator Hoeven was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe, Dan Sullivan, Kevin Cramer, John Barrasso and Roger Wicker in pressing the Administration to ensure that the lending program works for U.S. oil and gas producers as part of their plan to support the energy industry, which is critical to our economic and national security.
“Given the oil and gas industry’s unique challenges in accessing capital, we strongly encourage the Departments of the Treasury and Energy, and the Federal Reserve, to utilize authority to establish a 13(3) lending facility that will specifically support this critical sector as it works to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and global oil price war. These are unusual and exigent circumstances, never before seen in the country’s history, and the oil and gas industry is uniquely in need of liquidity,” the senators wrote to Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Brouillette and Chair Powell.
Today’s action is part of Hoeven’s plan to support oil and gas producers, including:
- PPP Funding – Replenishing funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to provide assistance to smaller companies.
- Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) Funding – Leading bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide $3 billion to purchase domestic oil for the SPR.
- Ensuring Access to Credit – Working with the Administration, including Secretary Brouillette, Secretary Mnuchin and Chairman Powell, to provide independent producers with access to credit under the 13(3) lending program.
- Stopping Foreign Crude Dumping – Investigating Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil-producing countries for flooding the market under Section 232 to stop crude dumping and address oversupply issues.
- Opening the Economy – Defeating COVID-19 and safely getting the economy going again.
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